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Little India is a district filled with vibrancy and the colours of life as the culture and the way of life of the Indians have long influenced this 200-year old town. Little India is located to the east of the Singapore River, lying directly across Chinatown which is located on the west side of the river and to the north of Kampong Glam. The area is most commonly known as Tekka to the Singaporean Indian community residing there.
The Little India area is said to have developed around a settlement in which it belonged to pass Indian convicts. As the location was strategically placed along the river, it was suitable for the people there to raise cattle and involved in livestock trading in which it later became a prominent livelihood. By the 20th century, other economic activities around the area have developed and took the influence of the ethnic Indian community have taken a major hold in the neighbourhood.
Contrary to what most people believe, Little India is not solely an Indian-concentrated neighbourhood although many of the ethnically Indian commercial businesses are still focused on that area. The area offers visitors and tourists 24-hour shopping centres, bustling markets as well as street stalls that provide different ranges of services and products. From traditional clothes, electronics, fresh food, souvenirs, artwork or traditional Indian products, Little India has everything to offer to you.
Buses are the most common public transportation that can be found here, provided by two operators; SBS Transit and SMRT. To get to Little India, you can hail a bus at main bus transit stations and get down at several stations surrounding the area of Little India. You can drop down either at Rochor Road, Bch Road, Kitchener Road, Selegie Road or French Road. Bus fares range from 67 cents to SGD 1.58.
There are three stations in which you can choose to drop down at, all three surrounding Little India. You can get off at Farrer Park MRT station located at Race Course Road, or the City Hall near North Bridge Road, or even at Little India MRT station itself at Bukit Timah Road.
There are eight taxi operators in Singapore; Comfort Transportation, CityCab, Yellow Top Taxi, SMRT taxi, Trans-Cab Services, SMART Automobile, Premier Taxis and Prime Taxi. They will provide you with greater speed than that of a public bus, comfort as well as privacy. They charge you by the meter. However, it is not such an economical choice of transportation. At a non-peak hour, the fares, for example from Toa Payoh to City Hall will cost you SGD 9. However, on a peak-hour, it can cost you up to SGD 14 for a 30 minutes ride. It is more expensive if you try to book a cab, so taking the taxi is not such a good choice of transportation.
It is the main commercial place in Little India, intersecting Rochor Canal Road and Bukit Timah Sungei Road. Surrounding Serangoon Road is the Tekka Centre, Tekka Mall, Little India Arcade, Serangoon Plaza and Mustafa Centre. Not to mention, some Hindu temples, mosques and other places of worship such as the Foochow Methodist Church, Kampong Kapor Methodist Church, Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Angullia Mosque, Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple and Central Sikh Gurdawara that are all located in the area. Also, built in 1859, is the Abdul Gafoor Mosque in which the building features Arabian and Renaissance-style architecture that is worth to visit. Its prayer hall which is decorated with Moorish arch-work shows to those who look upon the tableau the history of the Islamic religion.
Some of the best local cuisines in Singapore can be found here. A range of different ethnics’ cuisines is the place’s speciality. It is a building complex located in the northern corner of Bukit Timah Road and Serangoon Road, comprising a wet market, food centres and shops.
If you are curious about history and heritage as well as art and culture, this is the place to visit where it is home to a range of permanent and temporary art exhibits from around South Asia. There religious sculptures by the Indian community located in this centre as well as traditional craft lessons in the workshops available. Located very near Serangoon Road, it will only take you several minutes to get there by walking.
This is a cosy food establishment located in Jalan Besar, serving you quality dim sum, Chinese-originated snacks or dumplings. Servings range from bite-sized delights to also other dishes for a full-course meal from roast meat, steamed pork ribs and salted egg custard buns.
If you want to go for that budget-friendly accommodation and do not mind sharing spaces with other travellers, this is the hotel for you. However, contrary to the belief that hostel accommodations are not comfortable, this particular hotel prioritises comfort, cleanliness and cosiness. Private rooms are also provided for different rates than the rooms mentioned prior if you prioritise your privacy. Located on Upper Weld Road, this hostel is easy to spot with its white exterior and even easier if you want to get around Little India.
Located just in a walking distance to the Farrer Park MRT station, this hotel is the place to stay if you want to opt for that luxurious and comfortable trip. Several types of rooms are made available for your choosing at different price rates. Nearby attractions are City Square Mall, Serangoon Road and Kitchener Road, all of which offers tourists their places to visit.